When news of the world is overwhelming I find myself wishing to be rocked by my Grandmother in her warm lap with my head resting on her generous bosom. Since that is no longer possible and memories fade, I need to find other ways to soothe myself and my loved ones. My tendency is to try to rescue or help, but much of what I see and hear is far outside the realm of my control. I can’t fight insanity or the spread of plague, but I can try to overcome evil with good in my own little arena. There are more wonderful than diabolical people in the world and good will overcome evil, or so I hope is true!
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Here are 10 more ideas I’ve thought of and tried to soothe my own troubled heart:
1. Practice Qi Gong, This is an effective and gentle exercise that is a little like Tai Chi, but easy to master the first time with a DVD or tape like Lee Holden’s Qi AM/PM workout. It stretches the body and focuses the mind. I’ve found wonderful in the morning to set up a positive day and great at day’s end to relax. I do a lot of walking to and from and working in the garden which helps too!
2. Love our pets for their empathy. A puppy in my case. We were gifted a red mini-poodle in March and now that we’re into our 7th month, petting, playing and meeting the needs of Cocoa is very soothing and makes me laugh.
3. Home made soup. Just made a big pot with roasted chicken, great northern beans, spinach, tomatoes in a stock made from the left over chicken simmered to a broth with celery, carrots and onion. A little Tuscan seasoning and Worcestershire sauce added robust flavor, along with black pepper and sea salt
4. I’m reading Ken Follett’s new fiction “Edge of Eternity” book three of the century trilogy. I find that compelling fiction, set in another time and place helps put the human experience into context.
5. Reconnecting with family, former colleagues and friends and expressing gratitude for their friendship. Real live connections help balance the input of our virtual world. Cheering a friend in need with a gift, card or call is a tonic to my own outlook.
6. Getting in touch with my faith by reading C. S. Lewis…I typed chapter 13 of the Great Divorce and posted it on the fridge as a morning mantra. “The Happy Trinity is her home, nothing will trouble her joy”….So timeless and empowering! It’s actually Lewis’s feminized paraphrase of Psalm 91.
7. Lavender…I love going into the Summer Kitchen to fulfill orders. The Summer Kitchen is where we inventory our dried lavender. Its fragrance overwhelms me with peace. If you ever come to visit, I’ll take you there to just breathe.
8. Listen to Music. I love hearing “Anthem” by Ronan Hardeman when I’m by myself in the Summer Kitchen to buoy my spirit. It works every time with it’s haunting melody and plaintive peaceful lyrics.
9. Take Action! Do something…even just one little thing! The pen is mightier than the sword, so I’m tweeting social media outlets suggesting they raise the bar on their broadcasting standards to help combat hate and fear riddled rhetoric and videos.
10. Watch PBS. With few exceptions PBS almost always has something to offer which is interesting, educational and entertaining. So I’m supporting them and programming our household media “feed”. “Charlie Rose” is a ritual but late night shock talk radio is banned here.
I’m very curious to learn how you self soothe? Can you share some ideas of what you find peace giving?
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